Minnesota: Duluth City Councilors Call For Lifting of Restrictions on Sales Of E-Books to Libraries, Four City Councilors Send Letter to Macmillan
From the Duluth News-Tribune:
Four Duluth city councilors co-signed and sent a letter to Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Tuesday afternoon denouncing the company’s recent decision to sharply tighten the supply of popular new-release e-books available at public libraries across the nation.
But outgoing Duluth City Council President Noah Hobbs notes that people who use libraries also have been shown to be more likely to purchase books in print or electronic form, and he pointed out that libraries are among publishers’ best customers.
The open letter sent to Sargent by councilors Hobbs, Gary Anderson, Renee Van Nett and Arik Forsman stated: “Our concern is that your decision to place a two-month embargo on e-books to libraries comes at the expense of the public good and our ability to provide for our library patrons.”
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